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Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento © You Need Style
Colonia del Sacramento © You Need Style

The historic town of Colonia del Sacramento is a must-see. Situated on the River Plate, it is the country's oldest settlement and a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many visitors ferry across from Buenos Aires, which sits almost opposite the city.

Founded in 1680, the quaint town is home to cobbled streets, brightly coloured houses, vibrant bars and excellent restaurants. Gift shoppers will enjoy its art and craft shops.

Regarding access, Colonia is about two hours from Montevideo by road. Local operators offer day trips.